Palin hits Perry on state-mandated vaccine
September 13th, 2011
09:39 AM ET
7 years ago

Palin hits Perry on state-mandated vaccine

Washington (CNN) - While she wasn't on stage at Monday night's debate, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin jumped in on the attacks against Texas Gov. Rick Perry for signing a state law that required inoculation against a sexually-transmitted disease for sixth-grade girls.

"You have to go up against the big guns," Palin said on FOX News Monday, praising GOP candidate Michele Bachmann for bringing up the issue at the debate. "And they will try to destroy you, when you call them out on the mistakes that they have made."

In 2007 Perry signed off on a law that mandated vaccines for HPV, a virus that can cause cervical cancer. While, parents had the option of opting out for religious reasons, the measure was still considered an unpopular law in the Lone Star State.

Bachmann confronted Perry at the "CNN Tea Party Republican Debate" in Tampa, saying the Texas governor's former chief of staff later went to work for a drug company that made the vaccine.

“There was a big drug company that made millions of dollars because of this mandate,” Bachmann said, adding that Perry received contributions from the company.

Perry countered saying he had received $5,000.

"I raised $30 million," Perry said. "If you think I can be bought for $5,000, then I'm offended," Perry said.

Firing back with a shot that spurred wide applause in the audience, Bachmann said: "Well, I'm offended for all the little girls and the parents that didn't have a choice."

After the debate, Palin called Perry's ties with the drug company "crony capitalism."

"True reform and fighting the corruption and fighting the crony capitalism is a tough thing to do within your own party," Palin said. "Believe me I know that. I have the bumps and bruises to prove it."

Palin, who paints herself as a "maverick," added that she's been fighting corruption for the last 20 years at the local and state level, in addition to her time campaigning as the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee.

But this wasn't the first time Palin went after Perry. Speaking on Labor Day weekend at a major tea party event in Iowa, Palin hinted at the Texas governor–though she didn't use his name–while speaking about government corruption.

“Some GOP candidates, they also raise mammoth amounts of cash,” she said. “We need ask them, too: What, if anything, do their donors expect from their investments? We need to know this because our country can’t afford more trillion-dollar thank you notes to campaign backers.”

Palin hasn't thrown her hat in the ring for president, despite making big appearances this summer at events in key battleground states. She said Monday night she's still discussing a potential White House bid with her family.

In the meantime, Palin said she's "getting a kick out of" staying in the spotlight and weighing in on the 2012 prospects.

"I'm getting a kick of getting out there, making a speech, making some statement about things that must be discussed and then the very next day watching some of the candidates get out there and discuss what it was we just talked about," Palin said.

–CNN's Peter Hamby and Steve Brusk contributed to this report.

soundoff (407 Responses)
  1. blackcatsaturdays

    I am still wrapping my mind around why it would be a problem to vaccinate people against disease if the people could freely opt out of the vaccination.

    September 14, 2011 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  2. bob

    Why can't this twat just go away. Who in their right mind would vote for such an ignoramus. You have to be a complete moron to not see that she is intentionally delaying throwing her hat in the ring to avoid having to participate in the candidacy debates. If she can pray away STD's maybe if everyone tries hard enough we can pray her away.

    September 14, 2011 02:16 am at 2:16 am |
  3. bob

    Candidacy for Dummies by Sarah palin

    September 14, 2011 02:24 am at 2:24 am |
  4. Palin Power

    BEHOLD our next and greatest President Sarah Palin. Palin is a VASTLY SUPERIOR governor and statesman than Perry could ever be. Palin will PWN Perry and Romney in the GOP debates and easily win the nomination and the white house. We will have 8 great years of President Palin as she brings the Palin Revolution to our government and clean out the crony corruption. We will be the Palination and she will bring us to the promised Palinland!

    September 14, 2011 03:00 am at 3:00 am |
  5. Steven Bannister

    Here's what most people don't understand: Rick Perry is the ESTABLISHMENT CANDIDATE. He was put into the race by the "insiders" that work behind the scenes and control the elections (yes, Bohemian Grove, New World Order, the whole deal.) Notice how the media magically turned him into the "front runner" overnight – just like they did with Barack Obama. That's how they control the elections – they predetermine the nominee of BOTH parties.

    But THIS year, there is a battle for the heart and soul of the Republican Party. The Tea Party are the REAL conservatives here. They don't want a second George Bush so they are attacking Rick Perry with everything they've got. Good for them. And whether you're a liberal or a conservative, you should WANT them to win because Rick Perry is BAD NEWS.

    September 14, 2011 03:36 am at 3:36 am |
  6. dallaschris

    The vaccine mandate had a opt-out option for parents.
    Stop your insanity.

    September 14, 2011 05:02 am at 5:02 am |
  7. Terry

    Palin wants Governor Perry to know that she too was a governor. Not quite as long, but still a governor.

    September 14, 2011 06:05 am at 6:05 am |
  8. dennis

    It's easy to slam people. That's all she does. Oh, by the way, it was Ron Paul in the Reagan debate that that up the Vaccines to girls in Texas.

    September 14, 2011 06:06 am at 6:06 am |
  9. larvadog

    Founders 1791 – Palin may have all those things you describe but there's one thing she lacks – intellect. She may be able to run a great campaign but what does that get you on Day One in the Oval Office?

    Her record as Mayor and Governor (a job she resigned from, some say to avoid charges of corruption) are not as spotless as you would suggest. And neither of those necessarily qualify her to be president. Her *ahem* qualities as a person are what matters, and in that regard she is seriously lacking. I HAVE listened to her, and I find that I could get the same level of understanding about the issues in a local pre-school.

    September 14, 2011 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  10. bob

    The only federal mandate from god is that we are endowed by our creator with the right to LIFE. How is a little girl not being denied this right by allowing her parents to choose not to prevent her from getting cervical cancer? Palin and Bachman need to re-read the DOI and constitution and realize that the one thing they SHOULD stand for is this.

    September 14, 2011 06:44 am at 6:44 am |

    Snooki Palin certainly could lie along with the rest of the wingnuts if she had the cajones to face them. The whole debate was nothing but one lie after another. The GOBP created their teabag Frankenstein monster using Koch Bros,Dick Armey lies.
    Bachmann's delusional HPV lie is another nail in her campaign coffin. Snookie Palin is coming after her teabagger money.

    September 14, 2011 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  12. Tam

    Getting a kick? Straight out the door, or off the planet!

    September 14, 2011 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  13. madmax

    Is it completely true that Mrs. Sarah Palin is completely honest? Some reports came in news-paper during her resignation from Alaska Gov. that there were cases of irregularities in gov. There were one case of napotism where a job was specifically given to one of her relative....! Nobody is completely white in present day politics.

    September 14, 2011 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  14. R.L.

    She is always slamming someone but yet has no real ideas of her own. As much as I am not a fan of Rick Perry, I think all young girls should get this vaccine. As mothers, Sarah and Michelle should both understand the importance of this, but then again, Sarah had her daughter get pregnant at early age, so she doesn't seem to care much about what her daughters are doing. As far as Michelle, maybe her and husband should stop worrying about gays, and should focus on their children.

    September 14, 2011 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  15. Doug

    I think vaccines are a good idea. They have eliminated diseases like smallpox and polio. Why is it bad that the government require these? That's pretty nutty that they attack him on this.

    September 14, 2011 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  16. JPX

    There's no one to root for. She's a vapid reality TV star and he doesn't believe in evolution or global warming.

    September 14, 2011 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  17. allanhowls

    "Well, I'm offended for all the little girls and the parents that didn't have a choice."

    Well, let's just remember that the next time abortion comes up, OK, then? Choice = good. Choice = free.

    September 14, 2011 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  18. The Real Tom Paine

    " The problem today is most poignant for the immorals are now legislating their immorality on the majority."

    @ Alaska Palin:

    How is that poignant? When was the last time you used a dictionary? There is no context in which your comment would make the least bit of sense.

    September 14, 2011 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  19. Republicants

    Palin claims to have "bumps and bruises" to prove her stupidity. Duh! America already knows that. Palin has too much time on her hands. Not to mention little reminder notes on her palm. She should consider finishing her short lived stint as Governor of Alaska. Imagine, a quitter wants to become President of the U.S. LOL! How long before she walks out?

    September 14, 2011 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  20. PaulC

    It's not a question of whether the children needed the shot but that the need for the immunization was determined, programmed and contracted to benefit six gun Perry's amigo and Merck. I hope they don't determine you need a vasectomy.

    September 14, 2011 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  21. Liz the First

    Wow! condemning this man for the only good thing he's done as far as i have seen. the one time he actually listens to science, the other knuckle-draggers slam him for it. if any of this pathetic bunch of lunatics take over the white house, we can kiss this country good-bye!

    September 14, 2011 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  22. allens

    she will never go away. she will be around forever showing what great hindsight she has, of course she even gets that wrong

    September 14, 2011 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  23. John

    What a freaking coward. She is a pathetic disgrace to this country

    September 14, 2011 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  24. cmkc

    What if it was a vaccine to prevent lung cancer, breast cancer, or leukemia. Bet there would be no outcry. But gasp, when it has to do with, um, er, golly, SEX, it becomes bad in the eyes of the self-righteous who care more about appearing religious than they do about actually acting religious. Protecting your child against ANY type of cancer is a no-brainer. I

    September 14, 2011 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  25. Joe B

    Palin's handlers must realize that Perry & Palin would be competing for the same votes if Palin decided to run, so she has to bring down Perry in order to have a chance when she enters the race.

    September 14, 2011 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
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